How To Start A Car Repair Shop
The team at Garage Equipment is part of the V-Tech network of suppliers, who have dedicated themselves to helping garage owners of all experience levels. In addition to offering products to more experienced mechanics, we also want to help new mechanics get started. These useful tips will help anybody who is looking to start their own garage but isn’t quite sure how to go about it.
Create A Business Plan
As with any new business venture, the first thing that you should do is create a detailed plan. This will allow you to determine your budget, create some projected income figures and also figure out the things that you need to do in order to get your garage up and running. Without a plan, all of your efforts will be aimless and you may find set-up takes longer than anticipated.
Get Your Qualifications
If you are looking to start your own car workshop, it should be fairly safe to assume that you have most of the relevant qualifications required to work as a mechanic. However, you may need to do more work if you intend to be able to carry out MOTs or more complex work. As such, you need to be aware of what you have and, as importantly, what you might need in order to provide a high quality service.
You need to put special consideration into the location because of two reasons. Firstly, you will need to examine any local competition and come up with ways to separate yourself from them so that you can attract customers to your garage. However, you also need to pick a workshop that offers you all of the space you need to carry out the work you aim to do. After all, there is no point being licensed to carry out MOTs if your workshop is too small to let you do the work comfortably.
Remember The Admin
You may have had experience working in a garage environment before, which should mean that you understand the quality of service that your customers should expect. However, operating a business also means taking on a lot of administrative work that you may never have needed to do before. It is important that you schedule time in to complete this without compromising your service, or that you hire somebody who can do it for you.
If you will be hiring other people to the garage, you need to make sure that they have the relevant qualifications needed to do the job. Furthermore, you should consider providing additional training and development opportunities. After all, a more competent employee means that you offer better services, increasing the likelihood that people return to the garage after their first service.
Get Good Equipment
It is imperative that you purchase garage equipment that is up to the task before you open your new garage. Don’t be tempted by cheaper hand-me-downs and refuse any equipment that does not meet VOSA requirements or their equivalents. This will ensure that the garage doesn’t run into any issues as a direct result of the quality of equipment used.